“Tens of thousands of people of different nationalities responded to the Mejlis call! After the February 26 rally, we reached a deal with Aksyonov that in a couple of days we would be sending a delegation to Kiev to agree on a candidate for the position of Prime Minister. And if nobody had entered the buildings of the Cabinet of Ministers and Parliament at 4 a.m., if the Ukrainian troops had prevented that from happening, then, I think, the events would have taken a different course,” Refat Chubarov said.

It was reported earlier that February 26 became a symbolic date and may be called the Day of Crimean Resistance to Russian Occupation. It was on that day that the largest rally against separatist sentiments at the Crimean Parliament and, given the way events unfolded, against occupation of Crimea.

The Russian Federation occupied Crimea in February-March 2014, calling a referendum of March 16 on joining Russia rigged. Most countries of the world did not recognize Crimea. To Ukraine, Crimea remains a temporarily occupied territory.